The current version of VISTAS (along with a change log) is available for download. VISTAS will run on both Windows and Mac, but the Mac version is new and not been fully tested.
Minimum Requirements for running VISTAS:
1. Windows OS
2. OpenGL 3.0 or greater
To install VISTAS, download the file VISTAS….zip to your computer. This compressed zip file contains in its name the current version you are downloading. For example VISTAS_1_11_1.zip contains VISTAS version 11.1. In addition to the .exe you will use to install VISTAS, this file includes the dll’s, png’s, shader codes, etc. To install VISTAS, simply click on the .exe file.
You will also want to download VISTAS Sample Files, so you can confirm that VISTAS runs properly on your machine.
- the VISTAS QuickStartGuide gives you a feeling for what the system should look like, using one of the sample files you will download.
- You can also download three “how to” videos and user documentation
The videos cover
- basic usage (getting started)
- exporting visualizations (e.g., for presentations)
- creating fly-throughs
The (same) videos are available on YouTube
How-To Documents are in a separate folder at this site. When you click on that folder, you will see a list of documents, which you can then download one by one. The most recent documentation for VISTAS, labelled for version 1.9.0, is unchanged for the most recent release of VISTAS (1.10.1 and beyond).
See the VISTAS Introduction for an Overview of VISTAS functionality, some history of the project, and some sample visualizations.
VISTAS is still under active development, and we remind potential users that it is still a research prototype. Though ease of use is a high priority, our science collaborators have asked that we focus on additional functionality
For Developers’ Documentation see VISTAS internals.